Materials Manager in Appleton, WI at ITW

Date Posted: 1/18/2020

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Job Description


This position requires a leader to manage the supply-chain activities for the Power Systems Group, a division providing small to large welder/generators into the Welding channel. Individual will lead and coordinate all materials-related activity among suppliers, manufacturing and engineering along with collaborating with and executing the ITW Sourcing and Logistic strategies.


•Lead and execute concern in the areas of cost, quality, delivery, operational productivity, inventory management and simplification activities.

•Support, implement and report on material strategies in addition to participating in Strategic Sourcing projects within ITW Welding.

•Actively engage with other members of the operations team within the PSD Division and be the key influencer to communicate and drive the unit materials strategy in collaboration with the Welding Category Managers

•Support the uninterrupted flow of materials into the Power Systems Division, ensuring that raw materials arrive into the unit to meet production and ultimately customer demand while also maintaining inventory control to prevent excessive on-hand inventory levels.

•Utilize historical and current demand to provide (MRD) outlook onto suppliers on a quarterly basis to support production.

•Maintain the annual supplier scorecard to set expectations and evaluate existing supplier base in relation to established cost, quality and delivery metrics.

•Drive new component sourcing activities by teaming with Engineering to identify new design requirements along with evaluating potential suppliers.

•Provide direction to the team of material technicians and pursue opportunities toward simplification as they are identified.

•Partner with our key suppliers to go beyond just the transactional aspect of procurement will be helpful in achieving success.

• Assist sourcing new suppliers and new parts

•Embrace and become proficient on utilizing key ITW principles to support lean manufacturing practices (80/20, MRD, Flow, Simplification, Empowerment and Trust).

•Interaction and participation with other operations leaders is expected.

•Bachelor’s Degree in Operations or Supply Chain Management

•Minimum five years of people management experience

•Preferred experience in tracking/purchasing commodities such as steel, copper, aluminum, plastics and electronics

•Minimum seven years experience in effective supplier management

•Willingness to pursue additional professional developmental activities as needed.

•Demonstrated prioritization and analytical skills

•Excellent leadership, interpersonal, negotiation and communication skills

•Ability to work in a fast-paced environment

•Self-starter, conscientious, enthusiastic with a positive attitude

•Proven track record of setting and accomplishing short and long term strategy and goals

•Ability to embrace, build and promote a team environment

•Demonstrated ability of utilizing excellent communication skills in a team-oriented environment to both internal and external customers

•Strong background of working within a production atmosphere is essential.